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A Private Matter
Have you noticed that people seem to be talking a lot lately? When I
was a boy, most folks didn't talk about politics, or religion with someone
unless you knew where they stood on the issue. Sex? Of course not. But
you have to remember, that was long before the Jerry Springer Show or interns
in the Oval office.
Another subject we never discussed was money. When someone bought a
new car, you wouldn't think of asking them, "How much did you pay
for that?" Times sure have changed.
Now-a-days, most folks are willing to talk about how much money they
make and what they spent on their car or how much equity they have in their
home, but never talk about how much money they give to the church. I suppose
that's O.K. After all, giving is a private matter.
Several years ago, a young man asked if he could address the congregation
one Sunday evening. Knowing him to be a fine, Christian man, I invited
him to come to the microphone. "Pastor," he said, "I went
through my check book and added up how much I spent on Domino's pizza and
compared it with how much I gave to the church last year. I'm ashamed to
say that I've been giving more to the delivery man than to the Lord. I've
already asked the Lord to forgive me, but tonight I ask for the church's
Sure, giving is a private matter, but it is also a thermometer of a
person's faith. I've always said, that a quick glace at a person's check
book is all it takes to do a spiritual audit of their heart.
Why does $20.00 seem like so little money at the grocery store and so
much money at the church? Why will a mother give a child $10.00 to go to
the movie theater and a nickel when they go to Sunday School? Jesus explained
it well when He said, "For where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also." Matthew 6:21 KJV